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Piedmont Students launch weather balloon

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DULUTH, MN-- Piedmont Elementary School launched a 'high altitude weather balloon' as a special outdoor science project for data collecting.

Marshall sixth grade Science Teacher, Dave Johnson explained this was meant to get kids excited saying "We want to get the kids excited; we want to get them excited about science and learning and about doing experiments."

The high-altitude balloons are the same balloons used by NASA and meteorologists for high altitude research and data collection.

The balloons were equipped with some experiments, cameras and GPS tracking devices, and a parachute in the hopes to recover the balloon once it pops at nearly 120,000 feet in the atmosphere.

As hands-on learning opportunities are limited during the pandemic, this brought a lot of joy and happiness to those who were part of it. Secondly, it brought those together who are learning remotely as well as those learning in person.

Marshall School hopes to do another weather balloon launch Monday, October 2 at 12 p.m.

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